Headline RoundupFebruary 29th, 2024

Illinois Judge Removes Trump From Primary Ballot

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Wednesday, an Illinois judge removed former President Donald Trump from the state's primary ballot.

Key Details: Cook County Judge Tracie Porter cited the 14th Amendment insurrection clause in the ruling. She also immediately put the ruling on hold until Friday in anticipation of an appeal from Trump's attorneys. The Illinois primary election will take place on Tuesday, March 19.

Key Quotes: "Today, an activist Democrat judge in Illinois summarily overruled the state's board of elections and contradicted earlier decisions from dozens of other state and federal jurisdictions," Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said. Judge Porter said, "The court also realizes the magnitude of this decision and its impact on the upcoming primary Illinois elections.".

For Context: The ruling comes as the Supreme Court weighs a similar argument to keep Trump off the ballot in Colorado over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot. Maine has also moved to take Trump off the ballot, making Illinois the third state to take this action. The Supreme Court will decide in the coming months whether Trump can be prosecuted, or is protected by immunity.

How the Media Covered It: The Illinois ruling was widely covered across the political spectrum. Some sources on the left noted that during oral arguments on Feb. 8, several conservative and liberal Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to let Trump remain on the Colorado ballot.

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